Wade Clark Roof, Director of Capps Center, hosted Sandra Day O’Connor’s appearance at UCSB on May 10, 2014. Moderating a question-and-answer conversation that followed the retired Associate Justice’s speech, Roof commended her commitment to improving civics education in the digital age. More details are in the story.
A professionalization workshop organized by the Religious Students graduate students is scheduled to begin the 50th Anniversary events on All Gaucho Reunion weekend. Join us on Friday, April 25, from 2 to 4 pm in HSSB 4080, for the workshop. Presenters include Shawn Landres, Mike Burdick, Michelle Zimney, Mehnaz Sahibzada and David Machacek.
Hent de Vries, Russ Family Professor in the Humanities and Philosophy, and Director of the Humanities Center at Johns Hopkins University, is the distinguished speaker delivering the Ninian Smart Lecture on May 1, @ 4 p.m., in Flying A Studio in the UCEN.
Richard Hecht recounts the creation of the Religious Studies Department at UC Santa Barbara in, “The Study of Religions in America and the Department of Religious Studies at UCSB (Pantheon 8/1).”
The article discusses the American study of religions as it has been reflected in the history of a particular university department, namely the Department of Religious Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.
Read and listen to Ahmad Atif Ahmad’s interview by New Books in Islamic Studies.
The Fatigue of the Shari’a places on a continuum two kinds of debates: debates in the Islamic tradition about the end of access to divine guidance and debates in modern scholarship in Islamic legal studies about the end of the Shari’a. The resulting continuum covers what access to divine guidance means and how it relates to Shari’a, whether the end of this access is possible, and what should be done in this case. The study is based on textual analysis of medieval legal and theological texts as well as analysis of recent arguments about the death of the Shari’a.